Replica of the structural color for Papilio blumei butterfly

Mei Ling Lo, Wen Hsin Li, Shao Ze Tseng, Sheng Hui Chen, Chia Hua Chan, Cheng Chung Lee

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Although the physics of structural color has been investigated, it remains a challenge to create artificial replicas of the natural photonic crystal structure. The concave multilayer replica of Papilio blumei butterflies is successfully fabricated by the following three main steps: self assembly of polystyrene spheres, deposition using an electron-beam gun, and inductively coupled plasma etching. The green iridescence of the wings of P. blumei is successfully reproduced.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12155SSP
JournalJournal of Nanophotonics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • butterfly
  • electron-beam gun deposition
  • iridescence
  • nanostructure
  • photonic crystal
  • structure color
  • thin-film


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